SHELLEY, George Ernest (1840-1910)
A Monograph of the Nectariniidae or Family of Sun-Birds
London: published by the author, 1876-1880. 4to. 121 hand-coloured lithographic plates by J.G. Keulemans.
Contemporary green half morocco and cloth covered boards, spine with raised bands in six compartments, morocco lettering piece in the second, marbled endpapers, gilt edges
One of 250 copies.
Shelley, a nephew of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, made several trips to Africa, where this family of birds is found. Issued in twelve parts, the author acknowledges the importance of Keuleman's specialist knowledge in his preface: "The illustrations which form such an important portion of my Monograph, have all been executed by Mr. Keulemans, whose name is sufficient guarantee for the accuracy of the details and for high artistic skill. The latter is rendered perhaps more striking from his being acquainted with this family of birds in their native haunts; and his notes upon the sun-birds inhabiting Prince's Island have been incorporated in my work."
Fine Bird Books (1990) p.142; Nissen IVB 873; Wood, p.566; Zimmer p.588.